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The Waking

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I cannot go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree, but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me; so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.

--Theodore Roethke


Joy's Updates - Straight from the Horse's Mouth.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006  

This site is an organization that defends wildlife that some of you might be aware of and others interested in. This is from an email I received from them:

Last week, Secretary of Interior Gale Norton handed over wolf management to the state of Idaho -- the same state that just a few years ago passed a resolution calling for the elimination of wolves “by any means necessary.”

Norton has refused to stop the aerial gunning of wolves in Alaska that has led to the brutal deaths of more than 400 wolves, with 18 killed in the last two months alone. She tried to prematurely weaken protections for endangered wolves in the lower 48 states-- a move we blocked in court. And she's working with Congressman Richard Pombo and others to gut the Endangered Species Act, the landmark law that's provided key protections for wolves and allowed their recovery.

Whether the threat comes in court or in Congress, on the ranchlands or national forests, at the state house or from the White House, Defenders will be there to protect our wolves.

Defenders is a national leader in innovative wolf conservation efforts. We post rewards to help capture those who illegally kill wolves. We help farmers and ranchers install predator-proof fencing and other measures to reduce conflicts with wolves. And, while wolves rarely attack livestock, we’ve established a fund to help compensate those farmers and ranchers who lose livestock to wolves.

The wolf is an important part of our national heritage and a powerful symbol of the American West. With your help, we can ensure that it continues to roam our great wild places.

Rodger Schlickeisen
Defenders of Wildlife

8:13:00 AM

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